Brendan Lewes is a singer, musician, and song writer based in the north-west of England and I had the pleasure of seeing him perform original songs as part of a charity gig he organised on Sunday 25th May at the Josefina Gallery, Kendal.
Before I go too far, I think it is important to point out that he is my brother. However this does not mean I automatically have to like him and say nice things about him. I am compelled to do so because he is very talented and just so happens to create music I like. This wasn’t always the case, as he has been a musician and been a member of various bands over the last 10 years.
His style is influenced by folk and artists such as Bob Dylan, and sounds like a mix of George Ezra and Ed Sheeran. But a sound that is still inherently his own. His own songs are a mix of guitar, sometimes with a harmonica accompaniment and the occasional loop.
Lewes has a strong stage presence, and although admitted to being nervous certainly didn’t seem it. He jokes and comes across as very natural and genuine. It is clear that the performer he now is, has developed from years of exploring new sounds and combining different style until he arrived at something he is comfortable with.
The gig was in aid of the Kendal food bank and also raised funds for The J de V Arts Care Trust who run the gallery where the gig took place. In total there were 5 acts showcasing a variety of guitar music, 3 were solo performers and 2 were pairs, catering to a broad enough range of tastes so that everyone in the room came together in applause and most of the audience stayed for the entire afternoon of music.